Store your pictures
In these digital times, pictures often end up being kept in our mobile phones and digital cameras. This is not a good alternative. It is better to spend a little time thinking about a good storage alternative.
By Elina Blom Westergren
Many pictures often end up in a folder on the hard drive of your computer. This is not a good option: if the computer crashes one day, in the worst case all those memories will be gone. Better to find a well-functioning storage solution.
There are several different alternatives: storage on an external hard drive or network hard drive, storage on a USB stick, cloud storage and storage on a DVD.
“The USB stick is really good. You can get ones with quite a lot of space now, which is good. The disadvantage is that they are easy to lose and you get less space for your money than what you get with a hard drive,” says Mattias Wenblad who works as a photographer.
Cloud storage is often very secure but can be expensive if you have many pictures. Dvds in comparison store a small number of images in comparison to other alternatives and can also be scratched easily, so these should be avoided as a first storage option.
A good alternative is to store them on a network hard drive, a so-called NAS which works as a simple computer dedicated to storage. You can mirror the contents, so if one hard drive crashes there is always a copy stored on the other. The disadvantage is that this often costs a bit and doesn’t give any guarantee that your pictures will be safe if for example there is a fire.
“I save my pictures on external hard drives. The ones I am especially careful with I copy and store as doubles on two separate hard drives so that I have a back up if one doesn’t work,” says Mattias Wenblad.
The most secure option is to keep the different hard drives in different places, just in case for example you have a fire in your home.